Individual Research Interests

Visual Research Methods

Research Supervision Interests

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Dr. Amy Scott Metcalfe (PhD, University of Arizona) is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on higher education in Canada and the North American region, including (post)critical approaches to internationalization, academic labour and mobility, and critical policy studies in education. Dr. Metcalfe has a particular interest in visual research methods in education, with an emphasis on photographic methodologies, art historical approaches, and visual analysis.


2018 UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship
2018 Research and Scholarship Award, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education
2018 Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education, Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) of the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE)

Selected Publications

Google Scholar profile

Blanco, G. L., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2020). Visualizing quality: University online identities as organizational performativity in higher education. Review of Higher Education, 43(3), 781-809.


Metcalfe, A. S. (2020). Visualizing the COVID-19 pandemic response in Canadian higher education: an extended photo essay. Studies in Higher Education. 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1843151.


Oleksiyenko, A., Blanco, G. L., Hayhoe, R., Jackson, L., Lee, J., Metcalfe, A. S., Sivasubramaniam, M., & Zha, Q. (2020). Comparative and international higher education in a new key? Thoughts on the post-pandemic prospects of scholarship. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1838121.


Stephenson, G. K., Jones, G. A., Fick, E., Bégin-Caouette, O., Taiyeb, A., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2020). What’s the protocol? Canadian university research ethics boards and variations in implementing Tri-council policy. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 50(1), 68-81.


Stephenson, G. K., Jones, G. A., Bégin-Caouette, O., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2020). Teaching, Research and the Canadian Professoriate: Findings from the 2018 APIKS survey. Higher Education Forum, No. 17, pp. 25-41.


Garvey, J. C., Hart, J., Metcalfe, A. S., & Fellabaum-Toston, J. (2019). Methodological troubles with gender and sex in higher education survey research. Review of Higher Education, 43(1), 1-24.


Kang, J. J., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2019). Living and learning between Canada and Korea: The academic experiences and cultural challenges of undergraduate international exchange students. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education11(Fall), 28-36.


Metcalfe, A. S. (2019). “This is football”: Visualizing academic capitalism at the athletic stadium—A photo essay. Visual Methodologies, 7(1), 1-4.


Metcalfe, A. S. (2019). Thinking in place: Picturing the Knowledge University as a politics of refusal. Research in Education, 104(1), 43-55.


Metcalfe, A. S. (2019). Witnessing indigenous dispossession and academic arboricide: Visual auto-ethnography as anti-colonial didactic. Visual Arts Research, 45(2), 80-90.


McCartney, D. & Metcalfe, A. S. (2018). Corporatization of higher education through internationalization: The emergence of pathway colleges in Canada. Tertiary Education and Management, 24(3), 206-220.


Lee, Y. I., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2017). Academic advisors and their diverse advisees: Towards more ethical global universities. Journal of International Students, 7(4), 944-962.


Blanco-Ramirez, G., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2017). #Hashtivism as public discourse: Exploring online student activism in response to state violence and forced disappearances in Mexico. Research in Education, 97(1), 56-75.


Garvey, J. C., Hart, J., Hoffman, G. D., Iverson, S. V., Metcalfe, A. S., Mitchell, T. D., Pryor, J. T., & Seher, C. (2017). Performing critical work: The challenges of emancipatory scholarship in the academic marketplace. Critical Questions in Education, 8(2), 138-162.


Metcalfe, A. S. (2017). Nomadic political ontology and transnational academic mobility. Critical Studies in Education, 58(2), 131-149.


Students Supervised

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Courses Taught

Courses taught at UBC (2005-present):

EDST 401: Education, School, and Social Institutions
EDST 493: Introduction to Higher Education
EDST 511: Organization and Administration of Higher Education
EDST 513: Current Issues in Higher Education
EDST 521: Foundations of Higher Education
EDST 527: Higher Education Policy: International and Comparative Perspectives
EDST 536: Higher Education Systems in Canada
EDST 561: Practicum in Higher Education
EDST 577: Social Context of Educational Policy
EDST 580: Directed Reading in Higher Education
EDST 602A: PhD Doctoral Seminar
ADHE 535: Comparative and International Adult and Higher Education
ADHE 565: Perspectives in Adult and Higher Education Policy
CCFI 508/EDST 508: Visual Research Methods in Education
EADM 582: The Study of Organizations in the Educational Context
EDUC 504: Qualitative Data Analysis